Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) are an integral part of the social safety net for Ohio’s older citizens. Many older adults with limited incomes rely on this assistance, and would not be able to get through the winter without it. This frail population is extremely vulnerable to temperature extremes; they are the first to succumb to respiratory illnesses and other ills due to freezing temperatures or deadly heat. For them, a lack of resources is a health issue as well as a financial one.
The number of eligible households applying for home energy assistance in Ohio has grown dramatically in the last four years and demand is expected to increase again this year. Social Security Numbers will be required for all household members, regardless of age. The Energy Assistance Application requests documentation of citizenship or resident alien status for all household members, but it will only be required for the primary applicant. Consumers also need to include proof of income for the past12 months and provide a copy of a recent fuel or utility bill.
Who is eligible for HEAP?
Applicants for HEAP must be at or below 175 percent of the Fiscal Year 2017 federal poverty guidelines listed below.
Who is Eligible for the Summer Crisis Program?
Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. For 2017 the income levels are:
|Size of Household||Total Household Income 12 Months|
|1||up to $21,105|
|2||up to $28,420|
|3||up to $35,735|
|4||up to $43,050|
|5||up to $50,365|
|6||up to $57,680|
|7||up to $64,995|
|8||up to $72,310|
For households with more than eight members, add $7,315 for each individual.
- Applications for the Regular HEAP program will also be accepted.
- The Summer Crisis Program starts July 1, 2017 and runs until Aug. 31., 2017.
Income-eligible households with a member who is 60 years of age or older or has a medical condition certified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner are eligible to receive assistance. It includes a benefit to assist with electric utility bills. The max. benefit amounts for the 2017 program are: $300 for customers of regulated utilities and $500 for customers of un-regulated utilities (municipal utilities or cooperatives).
At the discretion of each local energy assistance provider, a Summer Crisis Program benefit may also include air conditioners or fans to assist with indoor air quality and comfort. In all cases, air conditioners or fans may only be provided to customers that meed age or medical requirements and have not received air conditioners or fans in the last three years.
Current PIPP Plus customers or PIPP Plus customers in default are not eligible for a Summer Crisit program monetary benefit. PIPP Plus customers may receive an air conditioner or fan if they meed medical and age criteria and have not received an air conditioner or fan in the last three years. Qualifying customers that are enrolling in PIPP Plus for the first time may use the Summer Crisis benefit to assist with the first PIPP Plus payment.
To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with your local Community Action Program. Customers need to bring:
- a copy of their most recent energy bill,
- a list of all household members and proof of income for the last 90 days for each member
- proof of citizenship or legal residency, and
- physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
- Click here for more required documentation information
Contact your local Community Action Program to enroll:
Athens, Hocking & Perry: HAPCAP
Meigs: Gallia-Meigs CAP
Monroe & Noble: GMN Tri-Co. CAP
740-472-0828 or 740-732-2388
Washington & Morgan CAP